SYNOPSIS: Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, they secretly take their experiment underground Ė risking their careers to push the boundaries of science and serve their own curiosity and ambition. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and unexpected physical developments. At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare.
On October 5th, Splice will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles and it can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand.
FILM REVIEW: Splice starts with Clive Nicoli
(Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley) a boyfriend and girlfriend couple whose work as biochemists has just managed to create a new organism. However, Clive and Elsa want to take their findings to the next level and create a new organism using human DNA in the hopes that they can find the cure for a host of genetics diseases. However, in order to do this they much cross both ethical and legal lines that their corporation is not willing to take. Regardless, Clive and Elsa decide to go ahead with their creation in secret. Here is where the movie takes a weird turn. Some critics have compared it to the movie The Fly because it deals with the consequences of taking science too far. I would compare Splice to a movie called Parenthood. Thatís right, because for the next hour Clive and Elsa spend their time raising the humanoid they have named Dren
(Delphine Chanťac). Derdís life cycle is quick, so they start of with a baby and end up with a teenage in a matter of weeks.
By now youíre probably thinking thing couldnít get any stranger, but they do. I wonít get into, but itís weird. Weird enough to cause an entire theater to burst out in laughter. The movie covers other issues like Elsa desire for a child of her own and her attachment to Dren and whose DNA was used to create
Dren. The movie climaxís with Dren going through a huge transformation, after this point, about the last ten minutes, the movie becomes your typical run of the mill horror movie.
The performances by Adrien and Sarah are nothing special. Only Delphine offers a performance worth mentioning. The special effects were good which means they were seamless, but nothing we havenít seen before. Even the humanoid design, which Iím sure was inspired by Del Toro wasnít enough to draw my attention. Fortunately itís only the being of Summer. Hopefully, Iíll find our blockbuster before August.
By Milton Brayson
film is presented in 1080P widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just flawless,
giving the film and special effects clarity that only high
definition can provide. Not only the picture looks excellent in
this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio (48kHz/24bit) that provides a good complement to the
In terms of Special Features,
the Blu-ray doesn't include much. It only includes a Splice set
visit with director Vicenzo Natali. Also includes a DVD and
Digital copies of the film.
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.80:1 aspect ratio) 1080P
English 5.1 DTS HD/Dolby Digital
Spanish English French 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
A Directorís Playground: Vicenzo Natali on the Set of Splice
SD Version of Feature Film
Digital Copy on Disc
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